Israeli army destroys tunnel from Gaza

Israeli army destroys tunnel from Gaza

"The Israeli Defense Forces have discovered and destroyed another terrorist tunnel today, coming from the area of Khan Yunis in the central part of the Gaza Strip a few hundred meters into Israeli territory", Israel's Army spokesperson Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

The tunnel was identified several weeks ago with a unique method combining technology, intelligence and operational capability developed by the IDF. "The IDF will continue to discover and destroy the tunnels in order to defend and protect Israeli civilians and has no interest in escalating the situation".

Conricus said that "to the best of our knowledge" there were no such casualties on Sunday, though he added that the tunnels could be "death traps" for Gaza gunmen.

An incomplete tunnel running for more than a kilometer from Gaza into southern Israel has been destroyed, Israel's army announced on Sunday. At least 14 Islamic Jihad militants were killed in the bombing.

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The demolition in October raised tensions between Israel and Gaza, with leaders on both sides releasing threats and counter-threats. The rockets caused no injuries but one of them fell near an empty kindergarten.

The situation became even more volatile following Trump's Wednesday recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plan to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Members of the Hamas terror group's military wing carry the body of their comrade Mohamed al-Safadi, who was killed the previous day in an Israeli air strike after rockets was sacked from Gaza into Israel, during his funeral in Gaza City on December 9, 2017. On Friday, two protesters were shot dead in skirmishes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border. Once, because it is responsible for the Gaza Strip, and any act of violence that emanates from the Gaza Strip is under Hamas responsibility.

Israel's last massive offensive in the Gaza Strip was concluded 2014.

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